Season 1 Episode 10

Luck of the Draw

Aired Unknown May 17, 1995 on FOX
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The sliders arrive on a world where there's no pollution, crime, poverty or overpopulation, and get a rare chance to kick back and relax. Their luck seems to be running solid, because Wade wins the lottery shortly after their arrival. However, Quinn soon discovers the sinister purpose behind this lottery.moreless

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  • The sliders land on a world that seems like paradise and where Wade wins the lottery.

    With low prices, public cars, no overcrowding and a lottery machine that gives out cash to everyone who asks for it, the world the sliders arrive on for the series finale is a seeming paradise.

    Wade discusses staying on that good world, rather than risking getting stuck somewhere bad, but Quinn is not convinced that the place is as perfect as it appears.

    Then Wade wins the lottery and gets another reason to stay on this world, especially as she gets to know fellow lottery winner Ryan.

    Quinn however is not convinced and when he is handed a leaflet by a demonstrator outside of the lottery winners' ball he realises the truth.

    The lottery is population control, and the winners are given everything they want in return for giving up their lives to help the population remain low. And as a winner Wade will be one of the next to die.

    Romance is also in the air for Rembrant as he romances Julianne, another lottery winner, and one who he tries to convince to join him on the slide. He does not realise that interfering with the lottery is one of the worst crimes he could commit and that the punishment is a very painful death.

    It is for Quinn and Arturo to save the others and escape the world that has rapidly lost its glow of perfection.

    A very powerful season finale, casting an interesting light on the morals of population control and the Professor's unique view of this world and their own are certainly points for debate.

    With a typical series cliffhanger this finale certainly leaves the viewer wanting more.moreless
  • Great remake of a classic story.

    No one wrote any allusions or notes for this site and they wont let me yet since I am not a level 2 but this is a parallell of the classic short story thriller The Lottery by Shirley Jackson just with a sci fi twist. I had to read The Lottery in high school and college in on the late nineties there was a horrid tv movie made starring Keri Russel. Anyone know this short or have ever read it??? You don't know the lottery is bad untiil the end of the story would have been a great twilight zone episode! It's cool that at least one sci fi show recreates the classic story. The problem with the tv moive is they took a 10 page or so strpy and made an hour and a half movie adding way too much to much and turning it into a drama instead of the thriller Jackson intended it to be. Good job sliders for capturing Jackson's story the right way!moreless
Cleavant Derricks

Cleavant Derricks

Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown

Jerry O'Connell

Jerry O'Connell

Quinn Mallory

Sabrina Lloyd

Sabrina Lloyd

Wade Wells

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies

Professor Maximillian P. Arturo

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